A message from the department chair
Imagine a bold vision for yourself in a department committed to leading the future in arts-education through rigorous training, inter-disciplinary collaboration, and faith-focused community. Picture a place that is both Nashville-centric and globally informed, bursting with outstanding faculty and a network of industry professionals committed to cultivating you into a citizen-artist ready to faithfully impact your community and the world.
At Lipscomb University, this vision can be your reality.
A cornerstone of the new College of Entertainment and the Arts, the Department of Theatre offers world-class education coupled with Christian perspective that does not avoid the difficult or unpleasant, but explores the spiritual response. We believe that God calls us to love our neighbors, and that the immediacy of theatre offers an opportunity to learn love through explorations of the human experience.
We believe when talent intersects will, believer artists can create a better world, one performance at a time. If this interests you, explore our website and give us a call!
Beki Baker, MFA
Chair, Department of Theatre
Key things to know about the Department of Theatre
- Housed under the College of Entertainment and the Arts
- Eight major degree tracks offered, including both BFAs and B.A.s, as well as five minors
- Produces five to six main stage productions each year
- Degrees are among the most comprehensive offered, making graduates more multi-faceted, valuable—and competitive—for work after graduation
- Faculty and staff members work or have worked professionally in the theatre industry
- Placement rate in the first year after graduation, in either graduate school or employment, is more than 90 percent
Distinctives of the Theatre Department
Prestigious Advisory Board
Our department boasts an advisory board of Nashville’s finest theatre professionals from the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, the Nashville Repertory Theatre, Studio Tenn, Blackbird Theater Company and many others.
Students have the unique opportunity to intern both onstage and behind the scenes with our resident semi-professional theatre company, Blackbird Theater Company, as part of their undergraduate experience. Students may also take classes with Group Theatre Too’s Executive Producer Justin Boccitto, our artist-in-residence from New York City.
Foundation Dance Theatre
Newly founded by dance faculty members, Foundation Dance Theatre expands the training of Lipscomb University students interested in performing dance. FDT hosts auditions every semester for those interested, and all interested my apply.
Students are encouraged to participate in internships throughout the city and country. Our students have served at several prestigious theatres including Nashville Children’s Theatre, Nashville Repertory Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, Creed Repertory Theatre and the Nashville Shakespeare Festival.
London Study Abroad and New York City Trip
Theatre students have a unique opportunity to spend a summer in London studying theatre and attending productions in London’s vaunted West End. Students can also spend one week in the winter in New York City seeing Broadway shows and taking workshops. Both trips offer course credit.
Strong Professional Connections
Lipscomb is committed to hosting visiting artists with strong professional credentials. Previous artists include Broadway performers Eden Espinosa, Chuck Wagner, Eric Peterson, Emily Ferranti, among many national tour artists. Major playwrights include John Patrick Shanley, Tina Howe, and Nashville-favorite Nate Eppler. Lipscomb also hires many local artists to share their areas of expertise.
Faith and Art Intersection